Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

The Presidency: If You Don’t Register, You Can’t Vote

Deadline is Tuesday to register

Those who are not yet registered to vote have barely more than 24 hours to do so for the November 6 election. Deadline to sign up or make changes in your registration is October 9, according to Webster Parish Registrar Melanie Smith.

"People can make changes to their voter registration at the offsite locations, as long as the people are obtaining services from that office," Smith said. "When they receive services, they are offered the opportunity to register to vote. If the person completes the voter registration application and is already registered, any necessary changes/updates are processed from the application."

Registration Locations

In person at the Registrar of Voters office

Online at www.GeauxVote.com (must have a current Louisiana driver's license or LA Special ID card)

Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles

By Mail

To obtain a Mail Voter Registration form, visit www.GeauxVote.com or obtain an application at local libraries or when receiving services at the following locations:

Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles

Louisiana Department of Social Services offices including WIC offices, food stamp offices and Medicaid offices

Offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living offices or

Armed Forces recruitment offices

Required documents

Documents required to register to vote are a current Louisiana driver's license or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes the applicant's identity, age and residency.

In order to be eligible to register to vote in Louisiana, you must:

be a U.S. citizen

be at least 17 years old but must be 18 prior to the next election

not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony

not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights; and

reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register to vote


In addition to the presidential election, voters in Webster Parish will be able to cast ballots for the following offices.

District Judge, 26th Judicial District Court, Division E

Cotton Valley mayor

Cullen mayor, police chief and (five) aldermen

Sarepta police chief and (five) aldermen

Sibley police chief and (five) aldermen

Dixie Inn (three) aldermen

Dubberly police chief.

Several incumbent mayors will retain their offices after running unopposed.

Not included on the November 6 ballot are Sibley Mayor Jimmy Williams, Sarepta Mayor E.L. Edwards, Jr., Dixie Inn Mayor Ava Nell McWhorter, Dubberly Mayor W.C. Hirth and Shongaloo Mayor Tim Mouser.

Cotton Valley Police Chief Terry Brown also ran unopposed, while five persons qualified to run for Cotton Valley alderman, which are all that were needed.

The Village of Dubberly required three aldermen and that is all that qualified.


There will be two propositions on the November 6 ballot.

Evergreen Fire Protection District Proposition with Claiborne and Webster parishes.

Parishwide School District Proposition that would allow for a local option election for term limits of school board members.

Watch for a story addressing the proposition for term limits of school board members in a future edition of the Minden Press-Herald.

Constitutional Amendments

Minden Press-Herald has been addressing nine Constitutional Amendments that are included on the November 6 ballot.

As registrar and a citizen, Smith is encouraging all eligible citizens to become active and informed voters.

"As Americans, no right is more precious than the constitutional right to vote and select your leaders," Smith said. "Your vote affects your nation, your state and your local community. The decisions that are made by the leaders who are elected, affect you and your family every day."

Early voting is October 23-30.






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